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Red Cross volunteers headed to aid Alabama tornado victims

The Oregon Trail chapter of the American Red Cross is sending two volunteers to Alabama after Wednesday's deadly tornadoes that swept through Birmingham.

Janice and Merlin Cassens of Hermiston left Thursday to help with distribution of supplies like bottled water and clean-up kits.

Red Cross chapters across the nation are sending disaster workers, materials, blood products and equipment into the state. Nearly 40 emergency response vehicles are on the way, along with 25,000 ready-to-eat meals.

More than 1,600 people sought refuge in 65 Red Cross shelters across the South Wednesday night as the storms forced them from their homes.